Politics The Best Political Musicians  

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List Rules Only musicians who are notoriously outspoken about politics or are known as political musicians. Having 1 or 2 political songs doesn't make a someone a political musician (ie Macklemore or Bright Eyes)

Music, by it's nature, is inherently political. Musicians have been singing about the ills of society since the origins of folk music and some of the best musicians of all time are recognized for their populist songs that many people can related to. Whether it's political rock, folk music, or even political rap, musicians have the ability to connect with issues that are great importance to regular people. The best political musicians are among the most beloved figures in history because they aren't afraid to stand up to injustice and rankle governments or corrupt organizations.

So, who are the best political musicians? Any list of political artists has to include the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan. These musicians are widely recognized as some of the most important political musicians of all time. Their contributions to bettering society and helping the voiceless is what makes political musicians a vital part of both pop culture. 

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide who are the best political musicians of all time. If you notice someone who should be on this poll and isn't, feel free to add them. 
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
170 179
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

3
63 66
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

4
180 258
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
202 292
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

6
145 215
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

7
326 464
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Reggae

8
258 380
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

9
290 417
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

10
30 44
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Coolza added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

11
3 5
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rori Shapiro added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
88 127
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

13
78 118
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
39 55
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

15
18 27
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added System of a Down

16
259 383
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

17
46 70
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

18
73 107
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Folk rock

19
73 107
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

20
111 164
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

21
37 57
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

22
56 87
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

23
11 18
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

24
106 158
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

25
84 125
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

26
114 170
U2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

27
45 67
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

28
48 76
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

29
95 142
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Folk music, Country

30
39 62
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

31
106 160
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

32
9 13
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
frlevery added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

33
56 86
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

34
54 84
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

35
31 48
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lisa Stratfull added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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30 50
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

37
23 36
Crass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

38
38 63
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

39
22 39
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

40
21 39
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Punk rock

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2 9
insp!te is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
danocracch added insp!te Rap, Alt-Metal

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5 14
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
starwarssuperfan added Country

43
4 13
Manu Chao is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
GlennSugden added Ska, Rock music, Latin American music

44
30 56
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

45
9 24
A//Political is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

46
33 62
Sting is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
TheWelshGuy added Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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14 33
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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13 31
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Street punk

49
25 52
Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

50
5 19
Ton Steine Scherben is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added German rock, Rock music, Folk rock